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Vipers finally announce Livingstone Mbabazi’s departure


Uganda Premier League champions Vipers SC have officially parted ways with head coach Charles Livingstone Mbabazi, the club has confirmed.

Richard Wasswa will thus take charge of the team as Acting Head Coach for the remainder of the season, along with Jose Esdras Costa Lopez, Fred Muhumuza, Richard Kasule Bakabulindi & Ali Kimera (goalkeeping coach) as assistants.

“We announce today that the decision has been taken to part company with our head coach Livingstone Mbabazi,” said the club in a communication.

“The search for a new head coach next season (2024/25) is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.”

The decision follows a series of events where Mbabazi was absent for critical matches, including Vipers’ 4-0 UPL victory over Wakiso and their Uganda Cup win against Iganga Young, without prior communication.

Despite these issues, Mbabazi was given a chance to continue after he acknowledged his mistakes in a Disciplinary Committee meeting, where he committed to improved conduct.

In an agreement documented as Mbabazi’s final warning, both parties hoped for better adherence to club policies.

However, after returning for the club’s 1-0 loss to KCCA at Kitende, Mbabazi was again absent for subsequent matches against URA FC and UPDF FC.

Mbabazi initiated contact with the club CEO last Saturday, intending to arrange a meeting for the handover of club assets.

Unexpectedly, he appeared on Sunday as the team prepared to leave for Kisubi for their upcoming match against SC Villa at Wankulukuku.

Mbabazi did not participate in the training session and instead, remained on the bus before returning to Kitende.

Today, it’s reported Mbabazi has completed the official handover process of all club belongings.

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